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Tearjerker incoming, poor Raphtalia. This episode one purpose was to bring a tear and it did on my end. Raphtalia faced old demons this week recollecting her time as a slave and not give into her hatred to kill Raiber – who caused her hell. Are you in love with Raphtalia more now, because I sure am!!

Japanese Original Title: ラフタリア


Being at the center of hell, Raphtalia has to relive her past as a child slave and all those painful memories of past friends and the loss of her parents. Raphtalia fits the urge to kill Raiba, knowing what he put her through. Raiba isn’t prepared to go down without a fight.

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Episode Highlights

Raiba Scum: All I have to say is the lowley scum got what he deserved in the end.

Smile: Yep.. just broke my heart seeing how strong young Raphtalia tried to be after losing her parents. She was even torn away from her village and friends. As she carried on her parents’ words to smile through the bad, it reminded me of Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket. It was just a smokescreen hiding the real pain of losing her mum and not wanting others to see the extent. Raphtalia knew her breaking point would come and only true kindness could reignite the same belief as her parents’.

Reunited: While there is a sad atmosphere throughout, some glimmer of good arose. Entering into the underground slave holding, Raphtalia was reunited with her friend Keel.

Loss: What truly breaks your heart about this episode is Raphtalia blaming herself for feeling like she left Rifana behind, leaving her to rot in the cell. Naofumi and everyone around her reminded her how stronger she has become. It was all the ‘awes’ I was giving during the whole scene.

Random Dragon: The ending note for this episode was random. Raiba releases a dragon monster which had been sealed away but the previous heroes didn’t fit with the episode and mood at all unless the next episode has more purpose!

Themes And Trivia

Rifana: The bond between Raphtalia and her friend Rifana reminded me of a Helen and Jane from Charlotte Bronte’s literature classic Jane Eyre. Helen and Jane were sent to a boarding school to become governesses and it was a harsh education. All believed there was a light at the end of the tunnel even through all the pain and hardship. The scene of Rifana becoming sick and Raphtalia comforting her was almost identical for Helen and Jane. Helen contracted a illness that was fatal and Jane stayed with her till she eventually passed on.

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What can I say here, it was a tearjerker episode like I said last week. I was prepared folks, but were you? Glad we got this little focus on Raphtalia’s character and that she found some closure. My favorite scene was Naofumi prompting how much meaning and support she’s given when no one else did. Just as Raphtalia from earlier episodes (particularly Episode 4) was doing the same for Naofumi, the pair are even now. Hearing the reassurance they both needed, now they’ll become an impenetrable unit.

Smile When The Going Gets Tough

Smile through the bad is the takeaway from this episode. Raphtalia has found some closure and that makes me happy for our cutie racoon girl. It seems next episode the focus is shifting on Filo and I’m excited to learn more about our blondie angel!

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See you next for more Shield Hero !!

Next Time: Filolial Queen (フィロリアルの女王)


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